Don't you love going to a party and coming away having met new friends with common interests? That's one of the things I enjoy about the Ultimate Blog Party, and try to share with all of you. 🙂 And yes, I have a few more fellow caregivers and grandparents for all of us to meet, including Carri at Simply Done Wright. She is caring for her aging parents – helping her senior mom care for her dad who has Alzheimers Disease. She also enjoys her lovely family, including seven grandkids and shares creative and fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren (check out this I Spy game to keep kids and grandkids busy). And oh my, she has a recipe for Moulton Decadent Mousses Chocolate Heaven that added 5 calories to my scale JUST to look at it – it looks SO delish!
Of course, getting to catch up with old friends is another special part of a good party. I also ran into Denise Brown and many of the writers at Caregiving.com, including a fellow member of the Sandwich Generation, Bette, busy raising children while caring for her aging mom who has dementia. I really appreciated her comments about including the children more in helping with the care and needs of her senior mom. I know that's not easy, but what a wonderful example and lesson that is for all of them.
They say, "Growing old is not for sissies," and that's especially true when caregiving is included, particularly Sandwich Generation caregiving with all its multigenerational needs and requirements. It's challenging, frustrating, time-consuming, and can even require postponement of things we really wanted to do. But it's also full of special moments of joy, blessed family memories, and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference in the lives of some very special people, who made a huge difference in our lives down through the years. And I have to say, I wouldn't trade that for anything.